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CHIEF of Air Force AIRMSHL Geoff
Brown has said Surveillance and Re-
sponse Group (SRG) members are fac-
ing and meeting challenges unlike any-
thing ever experienced in the history of
the Air Force.
In his first visit to a base since
becoming CAF, AIRMSHL Brown
told 41WG personnel of RAAF Base
Williamtown that their hard work and
dedication was helping Air Force kick
"With the introduction of new tac-
tical air defence radar systems, the
new Vigilare operating system and
Wedgetail aircraft, SRG personnel are
working in a unique environment to
conduct aerospace surveillance and
battlespace operations," AIRMSHL
During a visit to Surveillance and
Control Training Unit (SACTU), CAF
was able to see first-hand the training
being offered to upcoming air surveil-
lance operators and air combat offic-
ers, who will 'control the fight' in the
SACTU is located within
EASTROC at Williamtown, and is
responsible for the development, con-
duct and review of postgraduate execu-
tive and specialist air battle manager
training, as well as initial and post-
graduate training of air surveillance
operator and technician courses for the
surveillance and control organisation.
CO SACTU SQNLDR Sean Gell
said it was a great opportunity to show
what the unit does.
"Our capabilities have definitely
been enhanced over the past two years,
with new equipment and technologies;
the training is challenging and reward-
ing," SQNLDR Gell said.
SRG Headquarters Chief of Staff
GPCAPT Krista Thompson said due
to the nature of the work, many SRG
personnel did not receive much rec-
"This visit was a great opportunity
for CAF to see the valuable work our
members are performing," she said.
CAF also visited the base's '2
units', meeting with members of
2 Operational Conversion Unit, 2
Expeditionary Health Squadron and
2SQN, where he inspected a Wedgetail
First stop as
TOUR OF THE BATTLESPACE:
Above, SQNLDR Sean Gell and his
team from Surveillance and Control
Training Unit show CAF AIRMSHL
Geoff Brown their capabilities during a
simulated mission at the unit.
Right, RAAF Base Williamtown
members form a gate guard to salute
AIRMSHL Brown as he arrives on base
for the first time as CAF.
Photos: LAC Mark Friend
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